Sports Studies BA (Hons)

About the course

Sport Studies BA (Hons) is principally oriented towards the study of sport through the social sciences. International experts will teach you how participation and performance in sport and physical activity can be deconstructed through the distinct academic disciplines of, Sport Sociology, Social Psychology, Sport Management, Qualitative Research and Health.

You will be able to make evidence based decisions about appropriate coaching or instruction and /or management within sport and physical activity and you will develop an understanding of sport in relation to wider societies.

On this course you have opportunities to gain coaching awards, volunteer, study in the USA, and Europe and to work abroad – we help you build your CV and employability skills ready for your first job or further degree study.

Sports Studies - BA (Hons) - Bedford Campus

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C612
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Sports Studies with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Sports Studies with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Sports Studies with foundation year

Sports Studies with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students

Why choose this course?

  • Explore Sport Sociology, Sport management, Sport Psychology, Health and Research in this multi-disciplinary course
  • Learn from International experts through a combination of applied lectures/seminars, field trips and practical experiences
  • Apply for the Exchange Programme to the USA
  • Apply for in internship to work abroad
  • Benefit from our extensive sport science laboratories, including a fully equipped, state-of-the-art health and exercise lab.

Exciting opportunities to work on events abroad

Each year, students are given the opportunity to travel to Club La Santa in Lanzarote to put their practical skills to the test by helping organise and assist with the Volcano Triathalon, and gain knowledge from industry experts.

Our students said:

"It was a pleasure and honour to have been part of this fantastic scheme working with elite athletes and gaining skills for life. We were able to apply our networking skills to interact with over 500 elite athletes and add towards our CV. This event has left me with lifelong memories, most importantly being able to learn and challenge myself – such as such as riding a bike for the first time and travel distances of 10K and 25K. Simon and Amanda can't be thanked enough for their support and positive attitude to the cause."

"The volcano triathlon trip was an amazing opportunity and I feel privileged to be part of a massive event. We were able to apply our networking skills and interact with international athletes and members behind the team, which is beneficial to my CV. This trip has given me a lot in relation to learning and tying new sports. It wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and support for me to get this far. It has been a great experience and I will be definitely going back next year."

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Introduction to Academic and Research Skills for Degree Study in Sport
  • Sport and Physical Activity in Society
  • Sport Studies in Action
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Foundations in Public Health
Year 2
  • Adventure Case Studies
  • Qualitative Research
  • Work Experience and Dissertation Preparation
  • Socio-cultural Analysis of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Tactical Sport and Recreation Management
  • Social Psychology of Sport*
  • Motor Performance and Learning*
Year 3
  • Work Experience Project or Dissertation for Sport Studies
  • Strategic Sport and Recreation Management
  • Sport Nation and Community*
  • Critical Sociological Perspectives of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Physical Activity *
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology*

(*denotes options)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will prepare you to work in a range of cultural settings with adults, children and young people in Sport and Physical Activity. 

The range of assessment allows you to collect and analyse data and present concepts and ideas in different formats. This develops a range of transferable communication skills which will be of great value in enhancing eventual employability.

You will complete essays, projects, practical tasks and reports as well as tests and exams. You will learn how to prepare professional presentations and posters.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Knowledge and skills relevant to employability are introduced from the beginning of the course, giving you the appropriate skills and knowledge to apply these in the workplace or on a placement. Workplace scenarios are discussed from a theoretical, practical and applied perspective during teaching sessions.

In year 2 you will enhance your career-related and employability skills through interactive exercises, group activities and individual reflection in the Work Experience and Dissertation Preparation Unit. There is a six-week work experience opportunity attached to this unit where we encourage you to spend time in a sport and physical activity setting.  

In the final year you can undertake to carry out a work-based project rather than a dissertation, engaging in practical research in a wide range of sports organisations.

Our graduates pursue careers in many areas including: Sport Development, Coaching with a specific national governing body of sport, individuals or sports clubs , Health and Fitness Managers, the Armed Forces and Police, Sports Promotion, Health Promotion.

Graduates from this course also progress to a PGCE PE or a masters course such as the MA International Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

This is a really flexible course that prepares you for a range of careers in sport and exercise. We support and encourage you to get as much as experience as possible during the course, in the UK and abroad.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the genetics of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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